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Glow Recipe

Banana Souffle Moisture Cream

1.70 fl. oz. for $ 39.00
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Glow Recipe’s Banana Souffle Moisture Cream is such a delightful product that we’d like to give it a better rating – but it’s undone by the inclusion of irritating fragrance, plus a poor packaging choice.

This pale yellow facial moisturizer is described as a souffle, but it’s more of a gel-cream that’s lightweight yet still hydrating. It’s best for those with normal, combination, or slightly dry skin (those with oil skin will likely find it too rich, while those with very dry skin will need more moisture). It sinks into skin quickly, leaving not a trace of stickiness or shininess.

The impressive ingredients include fatty acid- and antioxidant-rich squalane. Your skin is also getting numerous non-fragrant, antioxidant loaded plant extracts, among them banana, Centella asiatica (which also has potent skin-soothing properties), turmeric, chia, coconut, and chinaberry extracts. Added to those are skin-calming bisabolol and skin-plumping sodium hyaluronate, making this a moisturizer that delivers both hydration and protection from some types of environmental damage.

Unfortunately all those great ingredients are packaged in a jar, meaning they’ll begin to lose their effectiveness as soon as the package is opened – to say nothing of the potential hygiene issues this presents, especially in a water-based formula like this one (see More Info below for details on both).

There’s also a small amount of fragrance in the formula (it imparts a light “candy banana” scent that fades fairly quickly), which isn’t the best for skin, but the bigger concern is the packaging – which is why we recommend one of the better-packaged options you’ll find on our list of best moisturizers.

Pros:
  • Light yet hydrating texture absorbs quickly without a sticky feel.
  • Contains a good amount of fatty acid- and antioxidant-rich squalane.
  • Includes numerous non-fragrant antioxidant plant extracts.
  • Contains calming bisabolol and plumping sodium hyaluronate.
Cons:
  • Packaged in a jar, which compromises its beneficial ingredients and creates a hygiene issue.
  • Contains fragrance, which puts skin at risk for irritation.

More Info:

Jar Packaging & Beneficial Ingredients: Beneficial anti-aging ingredients, which include all plant extracts, almost all vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients, are unstable, which means they begin to break down in the presence of air. Once a jar is opened and lets air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate, becoming less and less effective. Routine exposure to daylight is also problematic for these ingredients.

Jar packaging is also unsanitary because you dip your fingers into the jar with each use, contaminating the product. This stresses the preservative system, especially in water-based formulas, leading to further deterioration of the beneficial ingredients.

Remember: The ingredients that provide the most benefit in addressing visible signs of aging must be in airtight or air-restrictive packaging to remain effective throughout usage. Buying products in this type of packaging means that the ingredients have the best chance of remaining effective—to the benefit of your skin.

References for this information:
Molecules, July 2018, ePublication
Pharmacology Review, July 2013, pages 97–106
Dermatologic Therapy, May-June 2012, pages 252–259
Current Drug Delivery, November 2011, pages 640–660
Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, May 2011, pages 4676–4683
Journal of Biophotonics, January 2010, pages 82–88
Guidelines of Stability Testing of Cosmetic Products, Colipa-CTFA, March 2004, pages 1–10

Jar Packaging: Yes
Tested on animals: No

Banana Soufflé Moisture Cream is a soothing, lightweight moisturizer that resets, replenishes, and seals in a boost of lasting hydration for all skin types, even sensitive skin. Blended with banana, chia seed, magnesium, turmeric, and cica, this sweet soufflé is your recipe for calmer, hydrated healthy-looking skin.

Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Coconut Alkanes, Squalane, Propanediol, Pentylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Musa Sapientum (Banana) Water, Magnesium PCA, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Salvia Hispanica (Chia) Seed Extract, Bisabolol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Salvia Miltiorrhiza Root Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow) Root Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Flower/Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Diheptyl Succinate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Flavor/Aroma.

Glow Recipe got its start as a website, created by co-founders Sarah Lee and Christine Chang. Lee and Chang leveraged a combined 20 years in the beauty business in both the U.S. and Korea (they worked for L’Oreal in both countries), to get Korean-based beauty brands to sell their products on an American-based platform. The goal: to create a one-stop-shopping destination for American consumers curious about the trends and products of the Korean beauty industry (K-Beauty).

In time, as the site’s popularity grew, Lee and Chang decided to branch out and create their own line of products under the Glow Recipe name. To that end, the brand focuses on a small but curated group of trend-driven skin care products, with bright, eye-catching packaging and fruity fragrances.

Though most Glow Recipe products are in clear packaging (which doesn’t protect delicate ingredients from light exposure), and some products come in jars that don’t protect them from light or air, the formulary concepts are all intriguing.

Each product contains a good complement of antioxidants, plus moisturizing and skin-soothing ingredients. A few even include alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy acids, too. Though the products contain fragrance, it’s not overwhelming; however, because even small amounts of fragrance still have the potential to irritate skin, their ratings were held back.

To learn more about Glow Recipe, visit www.glowrecipe.com.

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